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It could be that much harder for lawmakers to help Chicago State University next year. And make no mistake, Chicago State University needs state help.
With an 11 percent six-year graduation rate and a dwindling budget, the school can’t make it on its own. But finding that help in Springfield may be a bit tough. Chicago State University pushed out its president last week, without explanation, and then authorized a $600,000 severance payment.
Gov. Bruce Rauner said Chicago State University doesn’t have $600,000 to send out the door as a presidential parachute.
“You hate to see a lot of money going out for non-productive uses,” Rauner said late last week. “The money should be in the classroom with students and teachers.”
Rauner said everyone in Illinois should be concerned with Chicago State University’s plight.
“We don’t have that many taxpayer resources to go around,” Rauner said. “Taxpayers are supporters of that institution.”
Lawmakers have repeatedly said they want to save Chicago State University, just like they want to save all of Illinois’ public universities. However, a handful of lawmakers, both Republican and Democrat, said schools have to embrace a new way of thinking if the legislature is going to be able to help them in the future.
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September 20, 2016 at 10:19AM